I currently have a misdemeanor for simple assault in 2015, my first year of college. In order to continue grad school for social work I'm in need of guidance and assistance with expungement, petition sealing, automated sealing or pardon.
You may be eligible to petition to have the record sealed, but it will depend on the grading of the offense and the rest of your criminal history (if you have any). You won't be eligible for expungement or automatic sealing given the nature of the offense. Reach out to an attorney for more...Read more »
The short answer is, 365 days from the date of the filing of a criminal complaint. However, this does not include what the law describes as "excludable time" which could be time in a diversionary treatment program or continuance requests by defense counsel for investigation and trial...Read more »
I was charged with public intoxication but plead noy guilty due to the circumstances and that my professional license would be affected. The magistrate offered a plea to a local ordinance violation that he said would stay local and not be accessible without search warrant. I received a citation... Read more »
The difference is that public drunkenness is a violation of the Pennsylvania crimes code, whereas a local ordinance is not. It is only a violation of the local ordinance, or administrative code. It is not a criminal offense, but there will still be a public record generated in connection with the...Read more »
You can still be violated for "police contact" even if the new charges result in an acquittal or get dismissed. The severity of the violation for police contact is much less than for a new conviction. You should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your...Read more »
My fiancé was arrested for his friend leaving a marijuana roach in his car. He has his medical marijuana license and wasn't aware his friend did that. The cops pulled him over for having a tail light out. The cop noticed the roach right away and told him he was impaired. Had him do a sobriety... Read more »
The wait is for the blood work. He should request his license. There is no automatic suspension in Pennsylvania. They would have to show that the THC in his blood was sufficient for him to be intoxicated. If they press the charges he should have an attorney. By the way he shouldn't drive with...Read more »
if an object is next to it the assumption is that it is there for anyone to take. However if trash is in a bag, the presumption is that the homeowner left it there with an expectation of privacy. That doesn't mean it's illegal.
In Pennsylvania the issue is whether you had intent...Read more »
There isn't enough information to even make a educated guess. Many different circumstances and factors will be considered (or should be) by the Court when fashioning a reasonable sentence. The Court will consider that this is not a guilty plea (as your question points out "found...Read more »
You should apply for a public defender in your county or contact the bar association for an attorney that will accept reduced rates. Additionally, you will find that attorneys will sometimes accept payment plans depending on circumstances.
I was pulled over for registration being expired, the cop said he smelled weed and then searched my car after telling me if I don’t consent he would make me wait for a drug unit dog to come in. He found 8grams of weed, .5 grams of wax and some paraphernalia. ( I have me medical card for... Read more »
Likely possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia. Depending on other circumstances, you could be facing additional charges. I suggest retaining an attorney to assist you and ensure any potential pentolites are kept at a minimum.
Contrary to popular belief, furthered by depictions in TV and movies, the police are not required to advise a person of his/her Miranda rights merely because they are being placed under arrest. In many cases, the arrested person is never advised of their Miranda rights and this is completely legal....Read more »
If your husband has been charged with committing crimes he needs to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in the jurisdiction where the charges were filed. An experienced defense attorney can help evaluate the case and gather the necessary evidence to proceed to trial if your husband is...Read more »
The appeal trial was in the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, PA, held on Sep. 9, 2021. The arresting officer was excused from the trial. He was supposed to be there according to the ADA, but I found out he would not be there midway through the trial. The judge would not continue the... Read more »
If you are unable to afford retaining an attorney, you may request a court-appointed attorney through the court you are facing charges at. While you do not get to choose your court-appointed attorney, it is better than having no legal representation in a criminal proceeding. Generally, there will...Read more »
They found us "temporary" apartments, twice, and they swore that this money they took from us was going into a down payment for the house we purchase. I have ALL the emails and texts messages with the bull they put us through and all the lies they told. I don't have any of the phone... Read more »
I have called & left countless voicemails (since I can’t get in touch with the troops who recovered the car) and no return call or message from anyone. It’s going on 5 months since they’ve had the vehicle which is way too long. I am not sure who to get in contact with or what to do , any... Read more »
you can ask for a pardon for any number of reasons, but it is very difficult and lengthy. There is no "automatic" pardon for a certain illness. As to getting a reduction in sentence I do not believe so. The best source would be the Pa. Civil Liberties Union prison rights project.
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